As part of the revitalization of downtown Middletown, the city of Middletown, Ohio encouraged small
businesses to open. James Verdin, CEO of the Verdin Bell Company in Cincinnati, decided to purchase and
revitalize the former Mabley and Carew Department Store building to create the Pendleton Art Center
to showcase the work of local artists including painters, sculpters, photographers, jewelers, fashionistas,
home décor, and many other handmade crafts. Several of the resident artists also offer a variety of
The Pendleton Art Center has a monthly show during First Friday weekend. As more businesses moved into
the area. Downtown Middletown, Inc., also known as DMI, began promoting various events such as
Wine, Women and Chocolate event in the spring and the Hocus Pocus event fall event among others.
Contemporary Art of Sandra Reff opened at the Pendleton Art Center on the lower level
in 2014. When a small studio became available on the first floor, the shop relocated upstairs. As the
collection grew with more and more nature photography at various national and state parks around the country,
the studio became too small. To accommodate the growing collection, a move to a larger space, Studio 109,
became a reality. To expand community reach, Contemporary Art of Sandra Reff also exhibits periodically at
various shows in southwest Ohio including the Wyoming Art Show, Hyde Park Art Show, Milford Art Show,
and Yellow Springs Art show. This website exhibits a portion of the collection to art enthusiasts and
others across the country.